English Language & Literature

2021 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

352 Colleges
42,686 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,179 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsEnglish Language & Literature is the #15th most popular major in the country with 42,686 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking analyzed 352 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in English language and literature. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent English language and literature programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the English language and literature program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying English language and literature.

Top 25 English Language & Literature Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional English language and literature students. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Georgetown not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

The student loan default rate at Georgetown is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. 2,151 students at Georgetown are exclusively online. About 4,463 of the students at Georgetown are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. UW Seattle not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. 5,528 students are part time. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. Columbia did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 1.8% of Columbia students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,138 students at Columbia that take at least one class online. About 5,005 of the students at Columbia are attending part time.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. GMU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

The student loan default rate at GMU is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. 11,606 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Austin. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. UT Austin not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. 3,290 of UT Austin students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#6

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. SFSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.3%. There are approximately 10,593 students at SFSU that take at least one class online. 5,592 students are part time. SFSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Miami as the #7 school in this year's rankings. U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Coral Gables. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, U Miami is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 1.9% of U Miami students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,206 students take at least one class online at U Miami. About 1,427 of the students at U Miami are attending part time. U Miami does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Weber State University. WSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ogden.

About 6.6% of WSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,899 students at WSU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 16,473 part time students in attendance at WSU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 930 students at UC Berkeley that take at least one class online. 3,108 students are part time.

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#10

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Our rankings recognize Emory University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Emory also did well on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 1.5% of Emory students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,099 students take at least one class online at Emory. 1,556 of Emory students are attending part time.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Arlington. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a very large student population.

About 5.8% of UT Arlington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 18,425 of UT Arlington students are exclusively distance learners. 24,029 students are part time. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 of UMN Twin Cities students are attending part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#13

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the suburb of Vestal. Binghamton University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 2.1% of Binghamton University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 769 students at Binghamton University that take at least one class online. About 2,020 of the students at Binghamton University are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Texas earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNT is a fairly large public school located in the city of Denton. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UNT is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 7.4% of UNT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 13,820 students take at least one class online at UNT. About 9,800 of the students at UNT are attending part time. UNT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

96,912 students at SNHU are exclusively online. About 74,621 of the students at SNHU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Miami University - Oxford comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Miami University - Oxford is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 7.4% of Miami University - Oxford students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,132 students take at least one class online at Miami University - Oxford. About 2,222 of the students at Miami University - Oxford are attending part time. Miami University - Oxford does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population. UCLA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 1.3% of UCLA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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#18

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,445 students at University of Virginia that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,130 part time students in attendance at University of Virginia.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population. U-M excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. Approximately 487 students take at least one class online at U-M. There are roughly 2,376 part time students in attendance at U-M. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#20

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of U also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.7%. There are approximately 9,847 students at U of U that take at least one class online. 8,158 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a very large student population. Texas Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 15,508 students at Texas Tech that take at least one class online. 6,714 students are part time. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. UIUC excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. About 6,389 of the students at UIUC are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#23

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Monmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of West Long Branch. Monmouth also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Monmouth is lower than is typical, just 3.8% of students default in three years. There are approximately 588 students at Monmouth that take at least one class online. 1,061 of Monmouth students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#24

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston College also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature ranking.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,555 part time students in attendance at Boston College. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#25

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa landed the #25 spot in our 2021 best English language and literature schools for non-traditional students. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Iowa City. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Iowa also did well on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 2.5% of Iowa students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,073 students take at least one class online at Iowa. 5,224 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#28

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#29

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#30

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#31

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

#33

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

#35

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#36

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#38

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
#39

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#40

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#43

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#44

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#48

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#49

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#50

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 352 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
52 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
53 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
54 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
55 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
56 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
57 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
58 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
59 Boston University Boston, MA
60 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
61 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
62 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
63 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
64 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
65 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
66 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
67 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
68 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
69 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
70 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA

English Language & Literature by Region

View the best for non-traditional students English Language & Literature schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 42,072
Writing Studies 11,799
English Literature (Other) 959
Literature 779

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 458,966
Visual & Performing Arts 133,923
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 31,173
Theology & Religious Vocations 29,245
Philosophy & Religious Studies 15,993

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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